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A Letter from Our Board Chair

I am very honored to serve as the chairman of this year’s United Way of West Tennessee board. 

Here in West Tennessee, United Way continues to be a driving force - investing in the most effective local programs that specifically address the needs in our communities. United Way is in the unique position of seeing the big picture - where the needs in the community are, how they are currently being met, and where there is room to grow. We are incredibly grateful to every donor and company that is working alongside us as we continually fight to ensure that every person has access to a quality education, a financially stable home, and a healthy life.  Our investment in 69 partner agencies who run 89 separate programs ensures that every dollar raised makes the greatest possible difference.  

Thank you for supporting United Way of West Tennessee’s annual campaign. We have one life. To live better, we must Live United. 


Stu Hirstein

University School of Jackson

United Way of West Tennessee Board of Directors


Stuart Hirstein, Chair
University School of Jackson

Dr. Versie Hamlett, Chair-Elect
Humboldt City Schools

Doug Roth, Endowment Vice-Chair

Becky White, Campaign Vice-Chair

Dr. Kelli Deere, Finance Vice-Chair
UT Martin Parsons Center 

Leigh Anne Bentley, Community Impact Vice-Chair
Leaders Credit Union 

Braxton Williams, Secretary
Jackson Energy Authority

Gem Bell, Past-Chair
Teknor Apex Tennessee Company


Jeff Autry
Teknor Apex Tennessee Company 

Mayor Joseph Butler
Carroll County

Mayor Jake Bynum
Weakley County 

Reba Celsor
West Tennessee Healthcare Dyersburg Hospital

Kevin Cook
C&C Pharmacy 

Charley Deal
UT Martin  

Mayor John Holden
City of Dyersburg 

Mike Overbey
Central Distributors 

Mayor Bill Rawls
City of Brownsville

Henry Smith
Bluescope Holdings

Nathan Smothers
Huntingdon Insurance Agency

Aaron Tiede

John Tucker
First Citizens National Bank

United Way Staff

Our Impact This Year

  • Agency Partners


  • Programs Funded


  • 2018-2019 Dollars Raised


  • People Helped


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